Stolen vehicle breaks down, hallucinating man arrested
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A man who may have been hallucinating was arrested Tuesday morning when a stolen vehicle he was driving broke down.

According to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office report, two men were driving down Ga. Highway 293 when they saw a vehicle parked in the middle of the westbound lane. The two men stopped and one got out to check on the driver, later identified as William Woodie. The man later told BCSO Woodie seemed to be intoxicated.

Woodie asked for help and the man offered him a ride down the road. He dropped Woodie off on Highway 293 near Massingale Road.

A BCSO deputy was later waiting for a wrecker to arrive and pick up Woodie’s vehicle when another deputy came across the radio saying he had a suspect matching Woodie’s description at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Dispatch said the suspect had an active warrant for probation violation.

To identify the suspect at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, one of the men who gave Woodie a ride was taken to the church. He confirmed the man he picked up at the broken down vehicle was Woodie.

According to the report, the Mazda sedan Woodie was driving was stolen. Woodie said he got it from a woman he knew as Jenna, who lives in Rome. He also said he got it Sept. 29 and had been driving it around Cartersville ever since. Woodie said he knew the vehicle was stolen, but he planned to use the vehicle’s registration to “inform the victim of the location of his vehicle in the near future.”

Woodie believed he could receive reward money for giving the location of the stolen vehicle, and the reason he left it in the road was because it ran out of gas and the front driver’s side tire would not hold air.

The deputy noted Woodie seemed to be under the influence of a stimulant due to his demeanor and he was fidgety. The deputy also noted Woodie kept looking off at something around him, as though he were hallucinating.

When Woodie was initially searched, five small pills were allegedly found in his right side pocket, wrapped in cellophane. Later research indicated the pills could have been Topiramate, which is a prescription for mental health. Deputies also found a stolen debit card in Woodie’s wallet, which he said a friend gave to him after stealing it from someone else.

Woodie was arrested for pills not in original container and theft by receiving and later transported to Bartow County Jail without incident.

Vehicle windows smashed at Lake Allatoona

Four vehicles were damaged Tuesday when an unknown suspect broke their passenger side windows.

Two incidents occurred at Webster’s Ferry Boat Ramp and two more occurred at Bethany Boat Ramp. In three incidents, the victims noted their vehicles had been gone through, but only one victim said anything was missing from his vehicle. The victim, according to the BCSO incident report, said $5 in loose change had been taken from his vehicle.

Another victim, whose vehicle was damaged at Webster’s Ferry, said he saw a two-tone, red Datsun pickup, driven by an older man, in the area of his vehicle and the driver left quickly.

Transvestite panhandler flees Ingles parking lot

A black man wearing womens’ clothing fled the Ingles parking lot on Joe Frank Harris Parkway Tuesday evening after allegedly attempting to panhandle

A BCSO deputy was dispatched to the area, but saw no sign of the man. The deputy spoke to the complaintant, who said the man was panhandling in the parking lot and in front of the store’s entrance. The complaintant also said the man had been doing it for several weeks, and each time she confronted him, he ran away. According to the report, the complaintant had made two reports on the store’s behalf in reference to the suspect.

The deputy was unable to meet with the suspect as he had left the area.